Tide Embarrassed By Dayton, 74-62

Alabama wasn't in the Virgin Islands Wednesday night, but the result of being in Dayton can't help but remind of the miserable performances of a year ago that probably cost the Crimson Tide an NCAA bid at the end of last season.

Alabama got a nice lesson in how good teamwork and good shooting make for an easy victory. The Crimson Tide went into Dayton ranked 15th in the nation and came out with a second consecutive loss on the season as the Flyers embarrassed Bama, 74-62.

In Alabama's first true road test of the game, Bama had a lackluster defensive performance save for a frantic few minutes in the middle of the second half. The final result would have been even worse except that the Tide rallied for an 11-0 run to cut what had been a 17-point lead Dayton lead down to five points. After that, though, the Tide was doomed by hot three-point shooting by the Flyers, who stretched the lead back out while Bama continued to fire blanks from long range.

Coach Anthony Grant's Alabama team went into the game with one of the nation's best defenses statistically. Dayton hit 28-46 field goals for 60.9 per cent from the field. The Flyers were good on 10-19 three-point shots. The treys included a couple of unlikely buzzer beaters, but for the most part Dayton was able to work the ball to open men shooting unguarded from the perimeter.

Dayton, a much smaller team than Alabama, also won the rebounding battle, 26-24, in part because there weren't many defensive rebounds for the Tide and in part because the Flyers hustled after loose balls. Bama's top rebounder this year, Green, had only three rebounds.

Alabama fell behind by 38-27 in the first half as both JaMychal Green and Trevor Releford got into foul trouble. Nothing changed until it became desperation time for the Tide midway through the second half. What looked like a possible fantastic comeback eventually crumbled as the Flyers regained their composure and began to beat the Bama press for easy shots.

Alabama had satisfactory shooting from the field, 27-54 for 50 per cent, but hit only 4-16 on three-point shots.

Tony Mitchell led the Tide with 18 points. Releford had 13, all in the second half, and Green 12. Trevor Lacey came off the bench and had eight points and four assists.

Chris Johnson had 20 points for Dayton, but major damage to the Tide was done by Josh Parker, who came off the bendh and scored 17 points. Both Johnson and Parker had three three-pointers.

Alabama, now 7-2, returns to Coleman Coliseum Sunday to host Detroit. Tipoff is at 5 p.m. CST.

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